Winning the Lottery

Let’s say cars are your passion. You love driving, learning to drive better, and learning how cars are developed. You’ll drive just for that mechanical duet with a car, so you can listen to its sounds, feel its responses, and appreciate how it’s put together. And let’s say one of your favorite automakers says, “We’d … Continue reading Winning the Lottery

Racing for Laughs: The 24 Hours of LeMons

You’ve seen auto racing, or at least Top Gear* on TV, and maybe you’ve even been to a professional race. But did you know about the amateur races that are just as much fun, without the crowds? Those elaborate tracks can't sit idle between the big races, so they host other activities like driving schools, … Continue reading Racing for Laughs: The 24 Hours of LeMons

Simple Security: First in a Series

Security on the internet is...complicated. Even for experts. You probably know people who've had their computer infected, passwords stolen, junk email sent from their account, or other awful things that are inconvenient (like locked accounts) or even life-changing (like stolen identities). People often ask me for help securing their computers. Actually, that’s not true; people … Continue reading Simple Security: First in a Series

Voting: A How-To Guide

You might have heard there's a U.S. election tomorrow. No? There's an election tomorrow. With all the local candidates and initiatives and statewide candidates and initiatives (California has 17 initiatives!) on top of the national candidates, figuring out how to cast your vote is tough. Fortunately, if you're in California, Illinois, or New York, there's help! … Continue reading Voting: A How-To Guide

Thorough Reviews: The Wirecutter and The Sweethome

It’s challenging to find credible reviews for gadgets like TVs, laptops, printers, headsets, office chairs, etc. It’s hard to know what a site’s agenda is, or exactly how they’ve tested and compared. Are they paid by manufacturers to promote their gadgets? Do the reviewers have the expertise to compare the products thoughtfully? Consumer Reports Online reviews … Continue reading Thorough Reviews: The Wirecutter and The Sweethome

A Racer’s Brain Injury, Explained

One of our favorite writers, Stef Schrader, is an amazing character. Her unique writing highlights her enthusiasms for cars and motorsports, her quirky humor, and her humanity. Unfortunately, Stef suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) during a race. She generously explains what she's going through, even though writing itself was much more difficult with a … Continue reading A Racer’s Brain Injury, Explained